Home Chef review March 25, 2016

Home Chef is a subscription box that delivers fresh ingredients for home cooked meals to your door every month. You can choose from 2 to 6 meals a week, for 2, 4, or 6 people.

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I’m not sure what was going on this week, but I was having issues cooking lol. So feel free to read my chronicle of trial and error 🙂

The Goods

  1. Sausage and Egg Calzone with Swiss Chard, Cheddar Cheese, and Country Gravy.

I decided to make this pretty late, around 9:30 P.M., and my boyfriend asked me to hurry because he wanted to go to bed soon. To make the sausage, the recipe says to mix the ground beef with half of the sausage seasoning. In my rush, I missed the “half” part and used all the seasoning. First mistake.

Next you are supposed to knead the dough for 5 minutes and roll it in to two 10 inch circles, fill with ingredients, and pinch shut to make “decorative” edges. My boyfriend was really antsy so basically the second the dough felt like dough, I started rolling it flat. No time for kneading lol. Oh and when I say roll, I mean roll the handle of a large slotted spoon back and fourth over the dough, because I don’t have a roller and it was the only rounded edge I could find. So then I had 2 uneven and strangely shaped pieces of dough, put the ingredients on them, and pressed them down really quick. Sans decorative edges.

Once that’s in the oven it’s time to make the gravy, which is butter, milk, flour, and the rest of the sausage seasoning. Since I didn’t HAVE any sausage seasoning left… I just used a bunch of salt and pepper and crossed my fingers. It honestly didn’t turn out that bad lol. Since I didn’t knead the dough for the calzones, their crust came out really hard and brittle. My boyfriend commented that the calzone was “a little more minty than he expected”. That was probably the sage from all that extra seasoning I used. Honestly, I ate my entire plate and so did he, so I guess it wasn’t a total disaster…

I couldn’t stretch the dough out enough without a roller, woops!

2. Buttermilk Ranch Chicken with Honey-Butter Mashed Carrots.

For this recipe, one of the steps was to marinade the chicken in half the ranch seasoning and olive oil. Then you boil the carrots and mash them. Once they’re mashed, you sear the chicken, prepare the green beans, and put them both on a baking sheet and in the oven.While they cook, you add the buttermilk, cracked black pepper, and other half of the ranch seasoning to a pan on medium heat to make sauce. It was at this point I realized that when I marinaded the chicken earlier, I used half the buttermilk thinking it was the ranch seasoning (maybe because it was white and in a condiment bottle and resembled ranch dressing…?). Either way, the chicken marinated in buttermilk, with no ranch seasoning so I opened the oven and sprinkled some of the ranch seasoning on both sides go the chicken breasts and made the sauce with just the remaining half of the buttermilk. So there was barely any sauce. I was amazed when my boyfriend took a bite and said  “Holy crap, this is the best chicken I’ve ever tasted!!” Somehow it still pulled together in to an amazing meal, victory is mine!

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P.S. Mashed carrots are amazing.

3. Sirloin Steak with Cherry Bordelaise with Chard and Asiago-Cauliflower Gratin

For this meal, I had to core, boil, and mash cauliflower. Then I’m supposed to put it in casserole dishes and bake it. In the picture I couldn’t see the little dishes the two servings were sitting on (it looked like 2 baked potatoes), so I thought the pan they were on in the picture was the casserole dish and you were supposed to press it in to two potato-shaped piles. So that’s what I did lol. It wasn’t until I was trying to transfer the piles that I realized they were supposed to each have their own little dish to cook in and serve on. But you know what, I got it on to the plate and I’m sure it tasted just as good as it would have if I’d done it right… so there! Other than that, I didn’t have any trouble with the recipe and everything turned out delicious! Who knew you could mash cauliflower, put some cheese on it, and it would taste so good?! Even the chard was good, I had low expectations for the chard based partly on the name and partly on what it looked like. It was all so delicious that I tried to get a bit of everything in every bite (even a piece of cherry from the sauce). A success in my book!

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Value

My subscription is 3 meals for 2 people every week, and it costs $59.00. That’s $10 cheaper than HelloFresh and I think the food was just as good. So if I end up keeping a subscription it will probably be this one. Also, Home Chef has a variety of meals to choose from each week and you can go through and pick the three you want delivered, which is great because the other services I’ve tried don’t offer options, just meat or vegetarian and you get the same 3 meals as everyone. Not ONLY that, but they’re the only one I’ve seen to offer breakfast, and you can also add smoothie ingredients or a fruit basket to your box for $4.95/serving. So basically Home Chef wins all around as far as meal subscriptions go.

Try Home Chef today and enjoy $30 off!

Ease of Cancellation

Home Chef offers the ability to “skip” as many weeks as you want, and if you want to cancel it is very easy. Just go to your account page, click the “Account Settings” tab, and “Pause Account” at the bottom of the page.

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